Director of the Scholl Center for American History and Culture at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Liesl Olson's CHICAGO RENAISSANCE, explaining how Chicago, our Second City, "Hog Butcher to the World," became the city that, more than any other, fostered the flowering of modernism in literature and art at the beginning of the 20th century, to Steve Wasserman at Yale University Press, at auction, by Wendy Strothman of The Strothman Agency (World English).
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Investigative journalist Kathryn Miles's account of the last voyage of the tall ship Bounty and its tragic sinking in the midst of Sandy, the biggest hurricane on record, along with the story of the Coast Guard crews that struggled to save the Bounty's survivors, to Stephen Morrow at Dutton, at auction, by Wendy Strothman at The Strothman Agency (World).
"Scott presents the submariners aboard his chosen trio of ships as a team, brought together to do a high-risk job that “pushed boat[s] and men to the limit,” and their story is an exciting one." -- Publishers Weekly
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An evolutionary biologist explains why everything you think you know about cavemen (and their diet) is wrong
"Four years ago, biology professor Marlene Zuk was attending a conference on evolution and diseases of modern environments. She sat in on a presentation by Loren Cordain, author of “The Paleo Diet” and a leading guru of the current craze for emulating the lifestyles of our Stone-Age ancestors. Cordain pronounced several foods (bread, rice, potatoes) to be the cause of a fatal condition in people carrying certain genes. Intrigued, Zuk stood up and asked Cordain why this genetic inability to digest so many common foods had persisted. “Surely it would have been selected out of the...
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2013
SUNK: THE INCREDIBLE TRUTH ABOUT A SHIP THAT NEVER SHOULD HAVE SAILED
When the Bounty went down during Hurricane Sandy, millions watched on TV as the Coast Guard rescued 14 survivors—but couldn’t save the captain and one of his crew. A huge question lingered in the aftermath: what was this vessel—a leaking replica built in 1960 for the film Mutiny on the Bounty—doing in the eye of the storm?
"On the night of Sunday, October 28, 2012, Coast Guard lieutenant Wes McIntosh and the crew of his C-130 transport plane were holed up in a hotel room at North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham Airport. They’d been relocated there the day before, after winds from Hurricane Sandy had forced runway closings at...
An interesting article on copyright from the Copyright Clearance Center.
"The winner of the 2013 Seymour Medal is Banzai Babe Ruth by Robert K. Fitts. It is the story of the famous trip of an American League all-star team, featuring Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx and Lefty Grove, which barnstormed Japan in November 1934. While the focus of the book is on the details of the trip and the reception the American stars received in Japan, an underlying story of the political climate in the land of the Rising Sun provides some answers to the question "How did the United States and Japan go to war seven years later when they had this mutual love of the game?" Fitts gives the reader an amazing detail of the trip, which has been merely a footnote in baseball history until now. It is a well-written story of baseball, politics and American and Japanese culture. There are many photographs of the events of the trip as well as a number of Japanese players....
"[A]n eloquent testament both to Tharp’s importance and to Felt’s powers of imagination." --NYTs Book Review
Floating Ideas: ‘Soundings,’ About Marie Tharp, by Hali Felt
By MICHAEL WASHBURN Published: January 25, 2013
"The only thing mid-20th-century scientists disliked more than being wrong was being told they were wrong by a woman. Marie Tharp, barely acknowledged in her life and nearly forgotten since her death in 2006, frustrated her male colleagues on both fronts. Working at a time when female scientists set off reflex skepticism, Tharp drafted the first comprehensive map of the ocean floor, which led to the acceptance of the once-mocked, now fundamental theory of continental drift. Not bad for someone whose discoveries were initially dismissed as “girl talk.”
Hali Felt’s vividly written biography-with-creative-indulgences...
Best nonfiction books of 2012
By Kate Tuttle| DECEMBER 29, 2012
Everyone has been talking about what a great year it was for fiction, but nonfiction had its stars as well. Amid a number of glorious blockbusters — the kind of books, like Andrew Solomon’s “Far From the Tree” or Katherine Boo’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” that marry daunting amounts of reporting and research with gorgeous, novelistic prose — were dozens of smaller gems. In fact, smallness itself seems to be a growing trend in nonfiction, whether in a venerable series such as Oxford University Press’s Very Short Introduction books or in newer forms, particularly the brief paperback originals that accompany or follow e-books. We will see more of these, especially in narrative nonfiction, as the boundaries between print and online publishing continue to soften.
Lizzie Friend's POOR LITTLE DEAD GIRLS, a thriller about a girl who investigates a disappearance at her posh DC boarding school, only to uncover a twisted political conspiracy and the truth about her own family, to Jacquelyn Mitchard at Merit Press, by Lauren MacLeod at The Strothman Agency (NA)